The goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to release healthy, recovered animals back to their natural habitats as fully functioning wild animals. But what happens when animals can’t be released? Sometimes, they may be suitable for a new job: an education ambassador. Learn about the selection criteria and welfare considerations essential in determining if an animal can be animal ambassador.
Join Ed Clark from the Wildlife Center of Virginia as he discusses a wide range of wildlife conservation issues and what you can do to make a difference. Tune into VPM News (88.9 FM) Saturdays at 9:39 a.m. during NPR’s Weekend Edition.
Meet The Team
|Ed Clark has been a renowned national and international conservation leader for more than forty years. As the Co-founder and President of the Wildlife Center of Virginia since 1982, he has led the organization to become the world’s leading teaching and research hospital for wildlife and conservation medicine.|
|Amanda Nicholson is the director of outreach at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, where she oversees the department responsible for public education and community involvement. Amanda loves the dynamic nature of the ever-changing activities going on at a wildlife hospital and sharing the Wildlife Center’s mission and stories with others.|
|Clay Bretz is a TV producer and independent filmmaker who has been helping people tell their stories for over twenty years. Producing UNTAMED has allowed him to combine his extensive production skills with his love for the great outdoors.|
UNTAMED is hosted by Ed Clark, President and Co-Founder of The Wildlife Center of Virginia, one of the world's leading teaching and research hospitals for wildlife and conservation medicine. In the series, Clark takes us behind the scenes where diagnosing and treating the injuries of its patients is just the beginning of the Center’s investigative and conservation work. The team of wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians strives to identify and address the threats and hazards that cause harm to wildlife in the first place—issues ranging from human activities to environmental contamination to emerging wildlife disease.
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